"The Coach" is 41-31-2 L74 in NBA (3-1 last 2 nights!), not to mention there's the TREMENDOUS 18-6-1 NHL Run as well!
He takes to the ice for his free play today and looks at the matchup between Dallas and Vancouver.
Both the Dallas Stars and the Vancouver Canucks have been hot of late, but both clubs are also looking to bounce back from a loss their last time out. Dallas was in action as early as last night though while the Nucks have had one more day of rest. At the end of a long season that could be a huge factor, and I like the price we get on the hosts in this match-up.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Situational/Motivational - The Stars looked like they might would be able to make one last push for the playoffs, but last night's shutout loss on the road against the lowly Edmonton Oilers will have killed their spirit completely though. Vancouver on the other hand should have all the motivation in the world as although it's sitting second in the Pacific Division, a playoff berth is far from guaranteed just yet.
2. Dallas Goaltending Situation - Kari Lehtonen has allowed 10 goals over his last three games and tended the net last night in Edmonton. He's 2-2-1 behind a 3.99 GAA over five appearances on back-to-back days on the season and that could open up for back-up Jhonas Enroth who is 1-5-0 behind a 3.26 GAA in the Stars jersey since coming over from the Sabres.
3. X-Factor - The Stars are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings. Do you think the Nucks are happy about this? My guess would be NO, and this should prove a good spot as any to end that streak against a demoralized Stars team.
Selection: This is a play on the Vancouver Canucks